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Iraq forms Joint Operations Command in Kirkuk without Peshmerga

By Rudaw 22/2/2019
A new joint operations command which was formed in Kirkuk without the involvement of the Kurdish Peshmerga, includes the federal police, the Hashd al-Shaabi, counterterrorism forces and army units. Photo: Rudaw TV
A new joint operations command which was formed in Kirkuk without the involvement of the Kurdish Peshmerga, includes the federal police, the Hashd al-Shaabi, counterterrorism forces and army units. Photo: Rudaw TV
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region- Iraqi military authorities have formed a Joint Operations Command from different army units to operate in Kirkuk, without the involvement of the Kurdish Peshmerga while Kurds oppose the move and have vowed to dismantle the command and create a new one.

"The formation of a forward headquarters of Joint Operations Command in Kirkuk is for the purpose of unity in commands," Lt. Gen. Saad Harbiyah, head of the Kirkuk Joint Operations Command, told Rudaw.

The office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Kirkuk is reported to be taken over as headquarters of the new unit.

The new joint command includes the federal police, the Hashd al-Shaabi, counterterrorism forces and army units.

"All will be under one command for the purpose of understanding and uniting the security, intelligence and field ability for the sake of the Kirkuk province," added Lt. Gen. Harbiyah.


Ali Husseini, the Hashd al-Shaabi Northern Branch spokesperson told Rudaw that the Hashd is naturally part of Iraqi defense apparatus, and as such can operate in Kirkuk and be given a role in the joint operations command.


The Kurds have for their part called the move illegal and promised through Baghdad to reverse the plan and possibly form a new force.

"There are a number of legal and constitutional errors in establishing this operation room in Kirkuk,” Shakhawan Abdullah, member of Kirkuk Normalization Committee, told Rudaw. “For example, members of that force are aliens and not natives to the city.”

He added that the second problem is that the headquarters of the force in KDP's building, "which is occupied since October 16".

The latest announcement from the army contradicts a recent statement from the office of the Iraqi Prime Minister Abdil Abdul-Mahdi read that a joint force of Iraqi army and Peshmerga would be created for Kirkuk.

Newly-established military committees would determine locations where the Peshmerga or Iraqi forces are to be deployed, read a statement from the prime minister’s office.

 

Reporting by Hardi Mohammed


Comments

 
Muraz Adzhoev | 22/2/2019
Prime-ministers personality mean nothing in the hostile, failed, anti-constitutional Iraqi federation. Iraqi and Iranian regimes are the enemies of the self-determined People of Southern Kurdistan. Abdul-Mahdi isn’t much better, than al-Maliki and al-Abadi at all. They all in Baghdad represent the enemies of Kurdistan.
Leon | 22/2/2019
Well, there you go boys. Unless Kurds can have the ability to build their own weapons then there is no chance in hell to have a intellectual discussion with these Islamist Shia Terrorists. The only way they listen is if you let their blood flow like rivers. Take a lesson of the Israelis. PUK and KDP are more interested in their own pockets to give a fuck about the Kurdish nation. Traitors will always be traitors.
Jake | 22/2/2019
Those Arabs never learn.. when will the world see that bilateral discussions with Arabs are impossible.One has more chance talking into a mirror and obtain peace.
Realist | 23/2/2019
Kurds have lost Kirkuk since 2017 referendum. Without a referendum, While they could just keep Kirkuk under de facto control for another 15-20 years and then annex it, they have lost it because of lack of experience of politicians who only know of fighting in the mountains
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